Infielder Josh Barfield is out of the running for a spot on the Phillies bench, leaving Delwyn Young, Michael Martinez, Pete Orr and Luis Castillo fighting for a pair of openings.
Beerleaguer: Assuming John Mayberry Jr. makes the team, as most expect, the club must then decide how best to utilize their roster space while keeping an eye on Placido Polanco's sore elbow. Barfield's numbers have faded since early in camp and he was unimpressive yesterday. Unless you attend IronPigs games, you'll never hear from him again. Pete Orr, it seems, has separated himself from Barfield and is still in the running, but Orr is essentially a Triple-A lifer, too. Quite honestly, the Phils may have already concluded that this entire group is insufficient and may seek last-minute help from the outside the way they did with Castillo, who is still no lock. The club has reportedly been seeking a veteran outfielder who can play center field. Gabe Gross, a veteran former first-round pick of the Blue Jays, who was released by the Mariners yesterday after declining a minor league assignment, could intrigue them since he plays the entire outfield and has ties to the Jays and Mariners, frankly. However, Gross would be a marginal upgrade over the current field, at best, and is primarily a corner outfielder.
As for the catchers, Tuffy Gosewisch represents organizational depth, but his stock seems to be rising slightly among the staff and following a strong second half in Double-A. Dane Sardinha will likely split time with Erik Kratz, who is still in camp, I believe.